A 17-year-old boy has been taken to hospital after being knocked down by a car in a possible hit-and-run in north Belfast.
Police received reports of a grey Vauxhall Zafira being driven dangerously in the Oldpark Road and Ardoyne Avenue during the early hours of Sunday morning.
The car was then in collision with the 17-year-old at about 1.20am in the Oldpark Square area. The car was later found burned out in the Cliftonville Road area which the police say they are treating as arson. It is understood the driver of the car did not have permission to drive the vehicle at the time of the collision.
The victim sustained injuries to his ankle, leg and hip and was taken to hospital for treatment.
His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening or life-changing.
Sinn Fein councillor Ryan Murphy said: “Those responsible for this incident have shown no regard for anyone.
“This comes only weeks after a young mum Lisa Gow was fatally injured when she was hit by a stolen car.
“There has been an increase in car crime over recent weeks in north Belfast. We are working with the police and other statutory agencies to tackle this scourge.
“I would appeal to anyone with information on last night’s incident to bring it to the PSNI immediately.”
SDLP north Belfast Cllr Paul McCusker called on the police to urgently act to curb "death drivers".
He said: “For months the SDLP has been warning that the dangerous and reckless driving we are seeing regularly in north Belfast will lead to serious injuries or worse. Unfortunately last night a hit and run incident has resulted in a 17-year-old male sustaining injuries.
“I want to wish the young man a speedy recovery but to also send a clear message to young people, their parents and all road users to be careful on the roads.
This culture of death driving must end. While I know efforts have been made by the PSNI - what is clear is that they need stepped up. SDLP Cllr Paul McCusker
"The police must now urgently act act to stop these death drivers and keep our community safe once and for all.”
Sergeant Greg Dawson said: “We would appeal to anyone who saw this car being driven erratically, witnessed the hit and run incident or has mobile phone / dashcam footage of either to get in touch with police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 130 of 13/5/18.
“We would also like to hear from the driver of the Zafira who is described as female, with long blonde hair and wearing a baseball cap or from one of the passengers in the car who we believe was a man in his mid-20s, wearing a grey tracksuit with white stripes on the trouser legs.
"We believe that they may have information that could prove useful to our investigation.
“The grey Zafira was later found burned out on the Cliftonville Road area at around 4.15am. We are treating this incident as arson.”